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he has been diagnosed with having a case of pneumonia. now, schaefer, as many. you know, has been in politics since the '50s. he served as our mayor for eight years. his long-time friend and aide, shared with us an update on schaefer's condition just a few minutes ago. >> he's feisty as ever. you know, he's battling everything he wanted to do. so you know that's governor schaefer. and you know, he'd like to be out of here, of course, and back in charlestown. but he knows he's getting good care. so we keep telling him, you gotta do this, you gotta do that. and so he's finally cooperating. >> reporter: and we're told that he will be here for at least several days. as you can imagine, a man who is 89 years old, diagnosed with pneumonia, obviously it's a big concern. but right now, they say he is doing well. the medication has taken and he
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has improved. but we will be here monitoring his condition all night. reporting live from st. agnes hospital, kelly mcpherson, wjz eyewitness news. >> kelly, thank you. governor schaefer lives in the charlestown retirement community. police say a boy tried to murder his grandmother. and we are uncovering new details about how he planned that attack. wjz is live in waverly, where it all unfolded. and mike hellgren has the investigation for us tonight. mike? >> reporter: mary, it did happen here. and police say he is the head of the -- used the head of the hammer to attack his grandma. he was denied bail. >> reporter: 14-year-old hasani garrett has no record of violence. he gets good grades. so what made him snap? police say he beat his 66-year- old grandmother, shirley garrett, over and over with a hammer, inside their home in waverly. she's now fighting for her life. the sounds woke the next door neighbor. >> what did you hear? >> it was just like a loud thump. like something fell. >> reporter: but she says she
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never heard any fighting in the home before. and from outward appearances, the teen wasn't troubled. >> always dressed nice. quiet. you never know what happened tol make a person do something like that. you know? >> it is a little unusual to have a suspect so young, particularly with a family member, but due to the circumstances of the case, detectives conferred with state's attorneys and they charged them as adults. >> reporter: the motive, the 14- year-old told investigators he was angry for some reason about the way his grandma was treating him. so he attacked her in his sleep and called 911. >> garrett greeted the paramedics here. and told them that he was just upstairs. >> charging documents detail a chilling scene. blood spatder was-- spatter was found on furniture and walls. blood was also found between the bedroom and bathroom where the victim was found. garrett told police, his grandmother got up and attempted to run away and fell
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face first into the mirror. he then began to strike the victim approximately 4 times with a closed fist. >> did you hear any screaming or anything like that. >> no screaming, no fighting, nothing. just that one loud thump. >> reporter: now, friends and family have been stopping by the homes throughout the day. they're obviously shake know by this but say they have been advised not to speak. reporting live in waverly, mike hellgren, wjz eyewitness news. >> last check, the grandmother is in critical condition. breaking news. a verdict in the trial of a man whose car slammed into a group of people, watching a street race. wjz is live in towson, where the verdict just came in. weijia jiang has details. weijia? >> reporter: kai, after a three- day trial, they found the man accused of killing john hendron. and mary abernathy, guilty of manslaughter, the most serious of 17 charges he faced. that is 27-year-old donnell rayburn.
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he was driving when he crashed into the couple, instantly taking their lives. his alcohol level was twice the legal limit. and he was also found guilty of dui. we also spoke with the victim's family. we will hear from him coming up new at 6:00. for now, we're live in towson, weijia jang, wjz eyewitness news. >> and weijia mentioned, we'll continue to follow this story. libyan rebels say they are open to a cease-fire, if the gadhafi regime meets its demands. but they don't appear to be banking on it. danielle noting hom reports for -- nottingham reports for wjz, they're also planning to buy more weapons. >> reporter: moammar gadhafi's supporters show no sign of backing down. the libyan leader hasn't been seen in nearly two weeks. but he's passing out weapons to people in the capital of tripoli, who say they'll use them. >> we are ready. they are coming to attack my country, you know? >> where did you get this gun?
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>> reporter: rebel forces are working to get more weapons as well. they've cut a deal with the tiny arab nation of gutter, aim at helping rebel leaders. stored in areas they now control and use the money to buy arms. the opposition also indicated, it's open to a cease-fire, but only with a series of conditions that gadhafi is not likely to accept. >> reporter: a cease-fire deal could mean the libyan leader would stay in power. that's something the obama administration doesn't want. >> gadhafi should not leave libya and that the libyan people should decide their future. >> reporter: the pentagon is preparing the -- to pull u.s. warplanes starting sunday, leaving air strikes and no-fly zone patrols up to other coalition partners. nato officially took command of the mission thursday. there are reports that british officials have talked to several members of gadhafi's inner circle in recent days and that the libyans are looking to talk with the u.s. and france
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as well. a british government spokesman said that in those talks, the allied position is very clear, it is time for gadhafi to go. at the white house, danielle nottingham, wjz eyewitness news. >> and even though those warplanes, those u.s. warplanes will play a role in the libyan air strikes and patrols, american forces will assist in missions like aerial refueling and search and rescue operations. >> breaking news out of southwest baltimore, that's where a child has been hit by a car. sky eye chopper 13 was over the scene. let's go to captain mike perry with more. mike? >> on hilton road at culver road. a little after 4:00 this afternoon. this white vehicle you see, apparently struck an 8-year-old child as he was trying to cross the roadway. we're told the boy was thrown off to the shoulder of the roadway, where paramedics responded to the scene. he was immediately transported to johns hopkins pediatric trauma center, in critical condition. as you can see, hilton road in
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both directions between edmondson and culver is closed as the city crash team is on the scene investigating. back to you. >> thank you, captain mike perry, reporting live over southwest baltimore. president obama chooses a maryland business to announce a new energy initiative. denise is in the newsroom with details. >> the president's push for clean energy starts right here in maryland. the president stopped at the ups facility in landover today. he announced his new national clean fleet partnership. ups will be one of five companies companies to participate. they have all agreed to take steps to cut back on the amount of gas their trucks use. >> when i was first elected to this office, america imported 11 pill million barrels of oil a day. a decade from now, i want us to have cut that by one third. that is achievable. it is necessary. it's good for our future. and we are going to get it done. i'm confident we are going to get it done. >> reporter: in addition to
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ups, at&t, fedex, pepsi and verizon, are all mrp members -- all members of the partnership. >> reporter: they could put more than 20,000 20,000 fuel- efficient vehicles on the road. the sun has made a comeback. we are not kidding. these are live pictures of the sun. it's hard to believe. for sure. a live look outside right now. will things continue to warm up this weekend? wjz is live with first warning weather. bob turk and meteorologist tim williams, updating our forecast. >> took some time to get here. i'll tell you that much. -- that much. we have cold air aloft. creating clouds to the west of us. we'll start sprinkles going on. radar. just a few light rains. nothing heavy as you can see, rolling down. you might see a sprinkle this evening up across some of the higher elevations. to the west, maybe a few snowflakes. of course, it's all going to melt. we do expect a warmup. right now, temperatures in the northeast. still on the chilly side.
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we're at 47. philadelphia, 47. and albany, where they had snow earlier, they're around 40 now. the cold spots up across new hampshire and maine, temperatures in the 30s. and still getting snow there right now. and we had some rain overnight. most places only about a quarter inch or so. how do we look in the rain department? tim has a rook at the -- look at the updated numbers. starting to look back at the rain we had over the last 30 days. for march, we had a total of 4.99 inches. that's up from the average of about 3.93. we are in the surplus, just for the month or so, just over about an inch. 1.06 inches for the month. now, when you look at the total yearly picture, it's a little different. so far this year, we've had just about 10.34 inches, just about almost 10 1/2. and the normal is just about 10 1/2, just about 10 under. we are at a deficit of point 08. you can't get much closer than that. that's maybe the difference of
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one shower. that's just over bwi. and theificial reporting station. and of course, -- the official reporting station. we expect to see some improving in the forecast in the next couple of days. bob will have the complete updated first warning forecast. looks like the weather may cooperate for opening day at camden yards. just three days away. that means they need to be in perfect condition. jessica kartalija is following the final preparation. hi, jess. >> hi, kai. we are so excited. as you can imagine, as you mentioned, the countdown is on here, at camden yards. and for head groundskeeper nicole sherry that, means the baseball diamond has to be in perfect condition, not just for the home opener, but of course for the rest of the season. >> reporter: imagine getting camden yards ready for opening day. >> we're going to get the paint ready to paint our opening day logo. remove awful -- all of the buckets from the warning track.
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>> head groundskeeper, nicole sherry, is used to talking turf. >> in the sun. >> >> monday is coming quick. and we'll be here tomorrow and sunday as well, to get everything prepped and kind of finishing touches on everything. >> reporter: this is an exact science. >> yes. yes. a lot of people don't think it's anything more than cutting grass, breaking dirt. but everything in nature is related to it. i have to watch out for these pressure like i said. have to watch out for wind, rain. can dry it out or oversaturate the field. >> reporter: nicole says one thing you won't see this season, the hiderra english, or english ivy that usually covers the batter's eye wall. >> it's kind of a strain of root rot. >> this is our radar system. >> reporter: sherry's season starts way before the home opener. >> you know, it has its stresses, like with any job. but i can't complain. this is my office. what more do you want, you
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know? >> reporter: and nicole tells me that she is constantly checking the satellite radar, just like our own meteorologists. of course, one warm, sunny and beautiful day can make all of the difference in the world. of course, it improves the color and the vibrans of the -- vibrance of the baseball diamond. we're we're -- we're live at camden yards. can't wait for monday. >> temperature has to improve, too. >> exactly. we're hoping the wind dies down. >> that would be nice. all right, jess. thank you. by the way, orioles season action starts tonight. you can see the orioles taking on the detroit tigers here on wjz 13. special pregame coverage begins at 2:00. and stick around for the game after that. a full day of orioles live here on wjz 13 monday. and still ahead on wjz's eyewitness news at 5:00. airline passengers pass out. [ sirens wreck [ -- sirens.
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the scare that forced a flight out. there has been a salmonella outbreak in local sausage. that story, as eyewitness news continues. i'm mike schuh, the army reserve center, in glen burnie. you might think an overseas deployment is risky. hear about the dangers soldiers face when they return from combat. the story when we return. so long, rain. bob turk is updating your first warning weather forecast. ,,,,
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a salmonella outbreak has flared up in frederick county. health experts know contaminated saucage is the cul- - sausage is the culprit. they want people who bought that sausage to know it could make them sick. it flared up a couple of weeks ago, when visits to the
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emergency room turned up salmonella cases in frederick county. >> that's what really triggered our investigation is that it is unusual for us to get two reports and then five reports of salmonella in the same day. >> reporter: eventually, eight cases will be trace the back to -- traced back to this church in thurma, where locally- produced sausage was served. according to the health department, that sausage was traced back to the mount pleasant plant. the sausage went to the public here and onto the pancake breakfast. >> we know for sure that there was sausage from that butchering event that does show salmonella contamination. what we don't know is, well, where did the salmonella come from? >> hogs could have been carrying the bacteria. the usda is investigating that. lab tests are also searching for possible handling contamination, from handling or human waste. >> reporter: while experts look for how the salmonella get
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into -- got into the sausage. the real concern is how they got it here and still have it. and even frozen, salmonella still poses a risk. >> it poses a particular risk, for people who are either very young or older or have an immune system that doesn't work so well. people have that sausage from that at home, our recommendation is that they discard that. >> reporter: it's not worth a possible trip to the hospital. alex demetrick, wjz eyewitness news. >> printed reports, the mount pleasant club says similar butchering events produces no signs of salmonella in november or february. and that all surfaces are thoroughly steam cleaned. if you're waiting for someone to get home from work, let's check on thed radios with kristy breslin, live from wjz traffic control. >> hi, kai. hi, everyone. happy friday. plenty of delays out there, if you are traveling on the beltway system, we're still seeing a significant delay on the west side, from edmond son avenue to 70. about 15 minutes to get
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through. 10 minutes on the loop. and 70 westbound. that's just bumper to bumper there, from 29 to marriottsville road. moving to the harbor tunnel throughway in the southbound direction. brake lights there. from route 40 to 95. and as far as accidents go, in glen burnie. south meadow. in timonium, west joppa at tally ho road. and a crash we're watching east north avenue at collington. now, let's take a live look. traffic is slowing down there. that's the harrisburg expressway in the northbound direction at shawan road. this is brought to you by ringling brothers and barnum and bailey circus. they presented barnum bailey. and it's playing at the first mariner arena, march 30th, through april 10th. back to you. >> thank you. >> looks like a new day out there. >> see that sunshine? >> love it. >> does make you feel better. take a look at temps. they're not that much better. 47. west/northwest winds, 15. barometer on the way back up.
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chilly the last several days. seeing that sun did make a difference this afternoon. finally went through. although to westminster, still some sprinkles going on. let's take a look at temperatures around the region. we have temperatures still on the cool side. really haven't even warmed up that much. the warmer spot. went 47. normal high today is at almost 60 degrees, believe it or not. 48 in washington. 48 in pax river. chilly, 37 in oakland. this morning, there was no april fool's joke. there was snow right across the extreme northern tier and southern pa. as much as one, two -- one report at manchester. three inches of wet snow this morning. they even had schools delayed in carroll county from 2000 this morning. although it's gone now. 28, the dew point. it's drying out considerably from what it was earlier.
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44 in bel air. and westminster. and 48, annapolis and kent island. the winds out of the west and northwest. they tend to dry out. and that's what is happening. seeing breaks from the cloud cover. sun. we'll see sun as well. maybe a passing shower from another little system. there is a deep trough. the jet stream is way down here in the east. that's why it's been so cold. the air mass keeps coming down from canada. when you have that deep, deep trough, little pieces of energy roll along the jet stream. create clouds and little bits of shower activity. another is going to head toward our region. we might have a shower in the morning. we expect to see slightly warmer temperatures. there's all kinds of snow from maine, new hampshire, and vermont. not quite as much fell. couple of spots in maine getting snow now. two to four. couple of spots got five to six or seven inches. for us, spotty light sprinkles in the mountains.
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snowflakes for those generally above freezing. those spotty showers, a bit of a warmup coming this weekend. and even milder temps this second sunday. and by monday, this moves off the coast. we get southerly winds, back up, around 70, looks like, for monday. showers probably just to our northwest. but monday night and tuesday, a cold front will come through with thundershowers. looks like monday, right now, maybe a really nice day for baseball here in baltimore. northwest winds, 5 to 10 knots. bay temp, around 46 degrees. tonight, we'll see a lot of clouds and some breaks. of course, 34 by morning. still a little breezy. tomorrow, clouds, sunshine. maybe a brief, passing shower. and temperatures up in the low 50s. still below average. once again, the average is near 60 here on april 1st. april 1st already. >> i know. all right, bob. thank you. orioles legend brooks robinson developed an infection
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before a routine operation. >> well, mary, as wjz was first to report yesterday, brooks was set to undergo an outpatient procedure. however, he developed an infection and was hospitalized at gbmc. the public response has been so overwhelming that the hospital has set up a special e-mail account so that people can send their get well wishes. people are also sending their get well wishes to wjz.com. and they write, what a ball player should be both on and off the field. today's players could learn a lot. get well soon, brooks. in a statement today, robinson said his doctors expect the infection to be clear by the weekend. and they plan to move forward with his scheduled procedure next week. mary? >> okay. robinson was treated for prostate cancer successfully in 2009. good news on the roads in decline. and traffic fatalities.
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but maryland officials say it's nothing to celebrate. a special tribute. he was born in maryland and gunned down in tucson. the memory of christina green's life. it's a last day in america, for a group of exchange students. how their host school is raising funds to help japan. i'm gigi barnett in owings mills. that story is straight ahead. we want to see your favorite deals from the ballpark. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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5:30. 47 degrees and spartly sunny. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. a positive sign. the number of people who died in traffic accidents is down across the country. but in maryland, highway officials say there is no reason to celebrate. it's estimated that more than 240 million vehicles traverse the roads of america. that presents millions of opportunities for accidents and fatalities. but they say they are actually down. >> i certainly want to see the numbers go down. >> reporter: the national highway traffic administration says they have dropped. in 2010, 32,788 people were
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killed. it's the lowest number of highway deaths since 1949. >> it is very encouraging. the national numbers came out today. and they do show a reduction from 2009 levels. >> reporter: they tribute the reduction of numbers to more people wearing seat belts, better safety equipment in cars and the reduction of drunk drivers. >> reporter: the state's highway administration says maryland contributed in reducing the traffic fatalities. but the administrator says, there is still a lot of work to to be done. >> we cannot rest on our laurels at this point. we need to continue to be vig hant, continue to encourage -- vigilant, continue to encourage people to wear seat belts. not get behind the wheel when they drunk. >> that's too many kids. yeah, definitely, definitely. >> reporter: caroline cash, with mothers against drunk
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driving in maryland says the bay state is one of only seven showing an increase in drunk driving fatalities. overall, just under 500 people died on maryland roads last year. >> reporter: a developing story wjz is following right now. baltimore city police are looking for a suspect who sexually assaulted a 14-year- old girl. the victim was walking east on garrett street, when an armed man forced her into his car and attacked her. he saw anything yesterday, please call city police. well, some passengers on a flight out of reagan national airport fall ill, prompting emergency landing. vic is in the newsroom to explain. vic? >> reporter: well, mary, four passengers and two flight attendants passed out. this after the pilot on board declared an emergency and landed in dayton, ohio. the oxygen masks were dropped after the flight attendant became dizzy. airline officials were pleased with the way it was all handled. >> obviously, we did what we were supposed to do. and like i said, this had a
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very good result. >> there are conflicting reports about whether cabin pressure or a mechanical issue caused the dizziness. mary, back to you. >> american airlines is still working to get the passengers on that flight to chicago. the job market is moveing in the right direction. this morning, they released the march unemployment numbers. alison harmelin reports for wjz from wall street. >> reporter: betty knows from experience that the labor market is improving. after searching a year and a half for a job she found work in the financial industry. >> it changes the way i feel. it changes the way i think. it changes, makes me feel so positive, so happy. >> reporter: more americans are slowly beginning to feel that relief. the unemployment rate dropped to a two-year low of 8.8% in march. and companies are hiring at the quickest pace since the recession began. adding 216,000 jobs last month. president obama said it's good
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news, but not enough. >> i will not be satisfied until every american wants a good job can find one and every american gets a shot at the american dream. >> reporter: a top republican admitted, it's a step in the right direction. >> today's jobs report is welcome news. but washington needs to do a lot more to end the uncertainty and get our economy moving again. >> reporter: here on wall street, the march report was better than expected. and the jobless rate has now jopped -- dropped a full percentage point in the last month. >> reporter: that trend lifted stocks, with the dow touching its highest level of the year. >> even though it's slow, glacially slow, we are still hiring people and that's important. >> reporter: this job fair, organized by the federation, drew huge crowds and high hopes. >> so many different opportunities. you can't really fail. >> reporter: factories and retailers all added jobs last month. but the economy needs more.
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13 million americans are still out of work. >> while the job report is another step in the right direction, the long-term unemployed are still struggling. more than 6 million people have been looking for work for six months or longer. three weeks after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit northern japan, authorities are still struggling to stabilize a crippled nuclear power plant. police are searching the evacuation zone for 16,000 people still missing. the concerns are slowing them down. at the nuclear plant, ground water is now showing unsafe radiation levels. but experts believe it will not contaminate drinking water. it is the last day of class for a group of japanese exchange students as they head back to their homeland this week. they won't leave empty-handed. gigi barnett explains in tonight's school watch report. [ singing ] >> reporter: this is a japanese song of friendship, performed
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for students at mcdonogh school in owings mills. these japanese students spent the last couple of weeks at the school. and started their exchange program, 10 days after the earthquake and tsunami hit their country. >> i wanted to stay home. but my mother says, tokyo and japan is so dangerous. so you should go to america. >> reporter: mihadu ocagi is one of eight japanese students and two teachers. they're part of a 20-year-old exchange program between their high school in tokyo and mcdonogh. but this year, they told stories of the destruction in japan and the constant threat of a meltdown at a damaged nuclear power plant. >> when the swaying start, i felt discomforting. >> nature's very powerful force to a very strong country. >> reporter: the high school in japan called every one of the exchange students and asked them if they still wanted to attend. >> we, including the students,
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have come here to tell the other students and american people, that japan is in bad situation. >> reporter: so the mcdonogh students decided to help raise money, as their new friends head back. >> they're really good friends. and we're so happy that we had the chance to meet them and hang out with them. >> reporter: in baltimore county, i'm gigi barnett, wjz eyewitness news. >> and after weeks ever fundraising, mcdonogh students collected more than $10,000 to send to the japanese red cross. >> great story. remembering christina. a statue of an ancientle was unveiled in honor of january's youngest mass shooting. christina died january 8th. the metal angel was on display at the field where she once enjoyed playing baseball.
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the sculpture was made from steel from the pentagon and world trade center. both were targeted by terror, the day christina was born. soldiers were committing suicides as an unprecedented race. mike schuh witnessed the changes being made to protect the truth, once they return. >> at any military ceremony, you can count on a few things. >> reporter: a commander's speech. a crisp salute. and if returning, happy people, just a few feet away. sergeant donald rubideaux's parents giver thanks. -- give thanks. dad, the navy vet. proud his son was promoted. >> thank god, i can live up to 83 years old. and be able to present it. >> you'd still like to know that you can bring in a smile to your parents' face. >> absolutely. i can't really put it any better than that.
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just fills you up right here. >> he's one of 16 soldiers from glen burnie. doing military missions in kuwait. but across the u.s., so many soldiers have seen so much action for so many years. suicide in the army has doubled. so here, amidst all of the joy, commanders in 10 minutes' time, remind him three times, that they survive the enemy. so now, don't die by their own hands. >> unfortunately, it's necessary. >> we have been at war for 10, 11 years now. >> suicide in -- among army reserve members, spiked last year. >> some four-story generals -- four-star generals kind of step up. and have said, i've had some challenges. i had some post-traumatic stress disorder. it's okay. i got help. >> you don't necessarily have that immediate contact until
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somebody finds himself sort of in the hole three weeks from now. we're not necessarily there, unless they -- somebody just has the good timing to make a phone call. >> reporter: so here's the good news, because of these efforts, suicides are down dramatically this year. in glen burnie, mike schuh, wjz eyewitness news. back to you on tv hill. >> the military says generally, soldiers take their own lives more often than those on active duty. time now for a quick look at the stories you'll find in the baltimore sun. what free masons are doing to boost their membership. first mariner founder, ed hail responds to the bank's ability to remain in business. complete coverage of the orioles season opener for all of these and more, remember to look for the updated first warning forecast. still to come on wjz's eyewitness news. is prince william getting nervous about his upcoming wedding? what he told reporters about
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his big day. hula hooping to better health tonight. in healthwatch, a new fitness craze. i'm bob turk. the first warning weather center. we'll have the exclusive first warning five-day forecast for you this weekend. yes, we'll see sunshine and warmer temps. here's today's report from wall street. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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nice sunshine out there. partly cloudy skies to cloudy skies tomorrow morning. may see some clouds. may even be a sprinkle or shower during the overnight and morning hours. otherwise, temperatures getting back up in the low 50s tomorrow, with clear skies tomorrow night. it may be a cool night and a warmer day on sunday. and tim has a look at that five- day forecast. looking a lot better than it did a couple of days ago. tim? >> really is, bob. and the sun is making such a difference that it has broken through the clouds. for the next five days, bob talks about saturday, let's talk about sunday and beyond. 58. near 60 degrees with a good bit of sun. we're looking at 73 on monday. could see maybe an early sprinkle. but then, most of the day looks
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to be pretty dry. 71 on tuesday, with a chance of thundershowers. and as that rain moves through, 60 degrees on wednesday. the temperatures drop back to just about average. now, for your energy saver tip of the day, have you ever thought about installing attic ventilators? an attic ventilation system draws cool air up through the house and provides the same level of comfort at much lower costs. pumping air through the ceiling. attic ventilation can also help lower winter heating bills as well. for more information on how you can become an energy saver, go to wjz.com. scroll down the right-hand side of the page and click on the special section. back inside. >> tim, thank you. casey anthony was back in court today. an orlando judge heard arguments over what scientific evidence would be allowed at her trial. anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008. they were found about six months after she vanished. her trial will begin in may.
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a school bus crashes into a tractor-trailer in mississippi, leaving one 10-year-old dead and several other students injured. the bus is carrying about 20 elementary high school students when it happened. at least 10 people were hurt, including one student who is currently in critical condition. investigators think fog may have been a factor in that crash. a news photographer in texas is at the right place at the right time. adam baker was doing a story when a car crashed in front of him. baker and another man broke through the back window and pulled them out. moments later, the tires exploded and the car went up in flames. >> they took off. really took off. it was absolutely fully involved before the fiber department could get here. -- fire department could get here. >> the passengers were taken to a nearby hospital. the photographer says they will be okay. prince william says he is getting the pre-wedding
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gitters. the prince is staying busy. >> reporter: prince william took his grandmother, the queen, on a tour of the royal air force base in wales. he looked confident as a pilot. but his upcoming role as a groom is giving him sleepless nights. >> my knees started going quite nervously. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: the military is planning to line the wedding group with soldiers. combat groups will fly over buckingham palace in the couple's honor. >> reporter: prince william will put a wedding band on kate middleton's finger here at westminster abbey. the prince has decided against wearing a ring. palace officials call it a personal choice. >> reporter: it was also his choice to keep his bachelor party a secret. his brother, prince harry threw the bash. and there's been much
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speculation about what happened. >> it was a military operation. and my brother and i. >> william is accustomed to military missions. he is training as a military rescue pilot in north wales where he and kate will make their home. the prince says his crew has been teasing him a bit about the big day. they're buying up as much cheesy wedding memorabilia as they can find. in london, tina kraus, wjz eyewitness news. >> the future king says they bought big pillows with he and kate on them. >> check in with eyewitness news at 6:00. denise is in the newsroom coming up. >> mary, we're continuing to follow the healthcare -- health scare concerning william donald schaefer. we are live. plus, the jockey club
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losing millions of dollars this year. and growing problems in japan. the new ways the massive earthquake could end up hitting you in the wallet. check in for these stories and more coming up at 6:00. still to come tonight on wjz's eyewitness news. >> the orioles open their season tonight. mark previews the new look birds coming up. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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the orioles season starts with optimism but gets an injury. >> o's getting ready to play tampa bay. and the team just announced that pitcher brian matusz will not be able to make a scheduled start with tomorrow's game. he'll need an mri exam. jeremy guthrie will pitch tonight. o's do open on the road. it's been a long time and a long road since they have had success. to change their luck, they've changed their look. a take-charge manager and a number of new players. >> reporter: buck showalter studies history. he's aware of the orioles' 13 years of futility. not afraid of it, he's here to change it. >> just because you lose x
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number of games over a period of time, people make a mistake of painting with a broad brush that everything is bad. that's not the case. >> reporter: these orioles have attitude, and maybe now the talent to back it up. vlad guerrero is a hall of fame- caliber slugger. derrek lee won a world series. jj hardy at short. and a proven closer in kevin gray. >> you could put together the best team in the world on paper, but it doesn't guarantee you anything. so from our standpoint, we're very optimistic, where we are, where we've come from last year. the additions we've made this last winter. >> it's exciting. we've added good player to the our roster. but at the same time, we have -- that's what we have to do our talking is between the white lines out there. >> reporter: markakis with an rbi hit. >> three games against the rays, starting tonight. that's over the weekend. and the first home game sunday. when the tiger comes to town.
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see it here on wjz. coverage will come your way at 2:00 in the afternoon. more on the o's next hour. plus a wild finish on opening day in philly. college basketball's best gather. we'll talk hoops and sports at 6:00. mary, back to you for now. we're talking hoops. in tonight's healthwatch, it's the fitness craze that hit the nation. hula has cropped up. sandra hughes has the story for wjz. >> so with your first hand, you want to make sure you are turning in the direction of your hoop. >> reporter: the hips are moving and the hearts are pumping at the hoop nautica on the beach. >> it's amazing. fun. makes you feel like a kid. >> hula hooping. i haven't done it since i was 6. >> for the first time, a study looks at the benefits of hula hooping. they found hula hooping improving cardiovascular health.
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and muscular toning. >> finding many ways to exercise. because they're the strong correlation between interest and enjoyment. >> reporter: the study also found hula hooping for an hour, burns an average of 420 calories. >> it was nice to see that it did elicit a burn that was similar to many common exercise routines. >> reporter: the results are validation for hoop nautica owner, gabriella redding. >> most people are like, hula hooping. i've lost 70 pounds. >> it incorporates dance moves on every part of the body. still -- >> i would say you first start seeing your weight loss in your waist. >> and it's not just for girls? >> definitely not just for girls. >> reporter: but it does take practice. in santa monica, sandra hughes, wjz eyewitness news. >> i'm just impressed that they can talk and do interviews as they hula hoop. that's amazing. as always, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program, even this
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exercise program, kai, with the hula hoop. >> mine is called walking. >> and talking. we did can -- we can do that at the same time. still ahead on wjz's eyewitness news. >> what could have made this 14- year-old snap and beat his grandmother with a hammer? what the teenager told police about the violence that happened inside this house. and why he's now charged as an adult. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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coming up at 6:00. developing a health scare from william donald schaefer. plus, a teenager in trouble, the surprising reason he told police he attacked has grandmother. the sun is finally peeking through the clouds. we're tracking more changes heading into your weather. >> check in for these stories and all the day's breaking news. >> wjz eyewitness news at 6:00 starts now. health concerns. legendary politician william donald schaefer, hospitalized. >> the problem that sent him to the hospital and the outlook for his recovery. >> hello, everybody. i'm denise koch.

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